State News
7:06 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Investigation into spending continues for Chicago Congressman

The U.S. House Ethics Committee announced Monday it will continue an investigation into spending by Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The Committee is looking into whether Gutierrez violated House rules - or federal law - when he hired his former Chief of Staff to consult his office.

The Chicago Democrat paid Doug Scofield nearly 600-thousand dollars from his congressional allowance. But a report made public Monday from the Office of Congressional Ethics questioned those payments.

House rules say congressmen can hire contractors to do non-legislative-type work. But the report suggests Scofield’s job may have more closely resembled that of a normal congressional staffer which is not allowed.

Nonetheless, the Ethics Committee is not yet taking the more serious step of forming a special panel to investigate.

A spokesman for Gutierrez declined to talk on tape, but he called the House rules in question - quote - “ambiguous.”

He says the congressman’s office is fully cooperating.